A Guide to Glencoe and Loch Ness

By car – From the South

A82 from Glasgow – a straightforward and scenic journey with plenty of places to stop.

A828 via Oban – you might chose to drive the West Coast Scenic Route. A bit of a longer drive but a quieter route.

A84 via Stirling/Callander. If you’ve seen Loch Lomond many a time you may want to take a right before you reach Glasgow.

By car – From the North

If you are heading down from the North West Highlands or the Isles you will most likely be on the A82 or A830. Once through Fort William a drive of about 20 minutes brings you to the start of the Glencoe and Loch Leven area.

By train – From the South

Catch the train from Glasgow Queen Street and enjoy the scenic ride up to Fort William.

By train – From the North

A local train service runs from Mallaig to Fort William or during the peak season you can hop aboard The Jacobite steam train.

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ACCOMMODATION IN GLENCOE AND LOCH NESS

Loch Ness Hideaway 

The Hideaway is a custom-designed, self-catering and peaceful retreat in the picturesque village of West Lewiston, Drumnadrochit, near to iconic Loch Ness. This small, self contained chalet is built for stopovers in a cosy and modern space.

Kingshouse Hotel 

For a contemporary stay within the heart of the mountains of Glencoe, the newly refurbished Kinghouse Hotel is ideal. A remote and beautiful setting with landscapes on your doorstep. 

Isles of Glencoe hotel  

Situated in a breathtaking lochside setting at the foot of dramatic Glencoe, Loch Leven is right there. 

Glencoe House 

The romantic setting of Glencoe House is ideal if you are planning a small, intimate wedding. If luxurious surroundings and a unique day is your dream, this is definitely worth considering.

Loch Ness inn 

Set in Lewiston, on the edge of the village of Drumnadrochit, this hotel is a traditional Scottish inn built in 1838, offering accommodation with a contemporary feel reflecting the age and style of the building.

Clachaig Inn 

Located in the very heart of Glencoe and surrounded by magnificent views to the mountains, the Clachaig Inn is renowned for its warm hospitality, excellent food and accommodation

Fort Augustus Abbey

Set on the shore of south Loch Ness these unique, beautiful and peaceful apartments in the Benedictine Abbey are ideally located for being by the waters edge and exploring the area around Loch Ness

WHERE TO EAT 

Kingshouse Hotel 

The various options for eating at the restaurant, bar and Way Inn ensures there’s something for everyone. 

Clachaig Inn 

This Inn has a legendary reputation with lovers of the outdoors and serving great food. There are some wonderful choices and their whisky and ale selection is extensive.

Glencoe Mountain Resort Cafe 

Log cabin café situated at the base of the chairlift. The café opens at 8:30am and serves hearty Scottish breakfasts and an all day main menu, including teas, coffee, cakes, etc. 

Fiddlers Bar & Restaurant and Coffee Shop   

Be sure to try Fiddler’s Coffee Shop – a firm favourite with visitors! It is situated next door to the Fiddlers restaurant and has indoor and outdoor seating.  The are open daily for speciality coffees, teas, home baking, home made soups, paninis and sandwiches and also have take away items for packed lunches. Look out for Fiddlers food truck now situated outside the coffee shop and is a great option for the best fish and chips in town (open when in demand). The Coffee Shop is licensed and provides a range of draught beers, bottled beers and wine. They are also renowned for their Fiddler’s Malt Whisky Bar!

Café Eighty 2 

A real find for those who love freshly prepared, healthy food. Amazing selection of vegan / vegetarian and homemade meals, smoothies and juices as well as more traditional food. Gets busy at peak times and closes for food at 4pm. All day breakfast is a must – served till 4pm. On the edge of the village with plenty of parking.

Ness Deli, Licensed Bistro and cafe http://www.nessdeli.co.uk

Freshly prepared food in daytime cafe/bistro (using locals cheeses and ingredients) and displaying home made cakes and pastries (Coffees by Brodies of Edinburgh). Situated right in the heart of the village next to the green, why not stop and watch the world go by for a time! They provide breakfasts, lunches, evening meals and daily specials.  Seating inside and out.

Loch Ness Inn – 

Quaint traditional Scottish Inn (built in 1838) in the village of Lewiston on one of the oldest streets in the area. The restaurant offers diners the chance to experience the best of local Highland produce in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Visit the Brewery Bar and sample the local beers and whiskies.

The Mustard Seed

For lunch or dinner with amazing Scottish food, find relaxed dining in a beautiful building in the centre of Inverness. The transformation from disused church to restaurant created a unique space; with a double-height ceiling and magnificent open log fire. Many of the original period features were retained and combined with a mix of natural and modern finishes. The addition of the terrace on the top floor allows alfresco dining and uninterrupted views of the River Ness, another amazing asset for the restaurant.

Snowgoose

A country pub oozing rural charm and rustic character, the picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pubfood on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing the bar. There is a vegan menu at The Snow Goose in Inverness available 6 days a week.

With panoramic views over the beautiful Moray Firth, The Snow Goose has spacious gardens and is handy for the culture and shopping in Inverness.